Sunkist League preview and predictions

By Clay Fowler Staff Writer
The resumes in the new Sunkist League include a 2011 CIF championship, a 2010 CIF championship, 11 consecutive league titles and even a mythical national championship.
There is no shortage of winning pedigree, but there are only so many wins to go around now that Colton, Fontana and Grand Terrace have joined Summit, Kaiser and Bloomington this year.

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Releaguing gives Cajon, Fohi, Colton new homes

There weren’t many surprises at today’s Citrus Belt Area releaguing meeting this morning at Norte Vista High School, as Cajon moved from the San Andreas League to the Citrus Belt League while Fontana and Colton were placed in the Sunkist League, moving from the CBL and the SAL, respectively.

These moves were part of Proposal 8, which was drafted by Moreno Valley High School and beat out 15 other proposals. It did in interesting fashion, as it received 60 votes during the eighth round of voting, beating out four other proposals that had 41 votes each. Due to the Citrus Belt Area’s bylaws, all of the other proposals were eliminated, as any proposal in last or tied for last automatically gets the boot.

As far as the other leagues go, expect an appeal from Vista del Lago HS. The Ravens’ athletic director, Kevin Ferguson, was the only athletic director or principal to reject the proposal, as the Ravens were placed in an Inland Valley League that got tougher than the one they were asking for relief from, as former Big VIII schools Riverside North and Riverside Poly joined the league. Vista del Lago can appeal to the CIF-SS offices if it chooses.
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All-Sunkist League football team

Kaiser and Summit make out with the superlatives, with Kaiser RB Jimmy Awolesi nabbing offensive MVP honors while Kaiser LB Dennis Taylor and Summit DB Donte Deayon split defensive MVP honors.

Superlatives
Offensive MVP: Jimmy Awolesi, RB, Sr., Kaiser
Defensive MVP: Dennis Taylor, LB, Sr., Kaiser and Donte Deayon, DB, Jr., Summit

First Team
Offense
Bernard Porter, QB, Jr., Summit
J.R. Vallejo, QB, Sr., Patriot
Montigo Alford, RB, Sr., Summit
Nano Martinez, RB, Jr., Patriot
Edward Randolph, RB, Sr., Bloomington
Ryan Ruiz, RB, Jr., Norte Vista
Damar Sowell, RB, Sr., Patriot
Devon Blackmon, WR, Sr., Summit
Dwayne Brown, WR, Sr., Kaiser
Alex Cruz, WR, Sr., Bloomington
Jose Vizcarra, WR, Sr., Patriot
Rey Sanchez, TE, Sr., Norte Vista
Gary Dixon, OL, Sr., Summit
Jose Hernandez, OL, Jr., Norte Vista
Nick LeFay, OL, Sr., Kaiser
Ben Reyes, OL, Sr., Patriot
Devon Swan, OL, Jr., Summit
Novian Watson, OL, Sr., Kaiser
Anthony Burciaga, K, Jr., Summit

Defense
Matthew Ceja, DL, Sr., Summit
Walter Earnest, DL, Sr., Kaiser
Xavier Evans, DL, Sr., Kaiser
Chris Lavender, DL, Sr., Bloomington
Raul Ramirez, DE, Sr., Kaiser
Keenan Sykes, DE, So., Summit
Nikko Taylor, DE, Jr., Summit
Joe Canada, OLB, Sr., Norte Vista
DaVonte Manning, OLB, Sr., Kaiser
Jamaal Williams, OLB, Jr., Summit
Alex Beam, ILB, Jr., Jurupa Valley
Anthony Flores, ILB, Jr., Kaiser
Brandon Lallande, ILB, Sr., Summit
Nick Shaw, ILB, Sr., Summit
Jameel Erving, DB, Sr., Summit
Kindrick Haynes, DB, Sr., Kaiser
Joseph Henderson, DB, Sr., Summit
Sukhjit Singh, DB, Sr. Patriot

Summit reaching for new heights

The building process from an overmatched team of freshman and sophomores to a championship-level force has been a gradual one for Summit coach Tony Barile. But as Summit gets ready for its fifth season fresh off an upset of No. 1 seeded Citrus Hill in the first round of last year’s Eastern Division playoffs, Barile sees one thing that the SkyHawks need to do to reach the next level.

“We needed to get stronger,” Barile said. “The reason we have lot to Palm Springs the last two years in the playoffs was because we weren’t strong enough and we wore down in the fourth quarter. That’s the one thing we’ve been doing this summer – hitting the weight room and getting stronger. We want to be able to outlast our opponents.”

Strength is important to the SkyHawks because they have the speed and skill necessary to do damage with a little bit of open space. Athletes dot the Summit roster throughout, led by senior quarterback Devon Blackmon.
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Playoff realignment divisions

A quick cheat sheet of what it will look like the next two years.

Football playoff divisions for 2010 and 2011

CENTRAL DIVISION (one at-large)
Mt. Baldy (4 teams)
San Andreas (4 teams)
Desert Valley (3 teams)
Inland Valley (4 teams)

EASTERN DIVISION (one at-large)
Desert Sky (3 teams)
Mojave River (3 teams)
Sunkist (3 teams)
Mountain Pass (3 teams)
Sunbelt (3 teams)

EAST VALLEY DIVISION (four at-large)
Ambassador (2 teams)
De Anza (2 teams)
Mountain Valley (2 teams)
Academy (2 teams)
Alpha (2 teams)
Frontier (2 teams)

INLAND DIVISION (zero at-large)
Baseline (3 teams)
Citrus Belt (3 teams)
Sierra (3 teams)
Big 8 (4 teams)
Southwestern (3 teams)

Baseline, Sierra head back to Inland Division

The playoff alignments for various sports, including football, for the 2010-2012 seasons were released by the CIF-SS offices Monday, with some interesting changes in football.

The Baseline and Sierra Leagues, which were in the Central Division the last two years, will swap back into the Inland Division to play against the Citrus Belt League, the Big 8 and the Southwestern Leagues. The Inland Valley League will swap out, moving back to the Central Division with the expanded San Andreas and Mt. Baldy Leagues and the Desert Valley League, which moves up from the Eastern Division. The Sunbelt League switches places with the Desert Valley, moving into the Eastern Division.

These changes will make life tough on the Baseline League, which ripped up the Central Division in both seasons in it. Three of the four semifinalists during the last two years were Baseline teams, with the Central Division title game being an all-Baseline affair (Rancho Cucamonga over Upland in 2008 and Upland over Los Osos in 2009) both seasons.

Another change that will impact the Baseline is the zero at-large entries in the Inland Division. Considering that the Central champion this past year, Upland, was an at-large entry from the Baseline, a brutal league will become even more cutthroat.
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SB County has 3 of top 4 seets in D6 Dual meet wrestling

Although the brackets don’t come out until Thursday, I believe, the seeding has been done for the Division 6 dual meet wrestling, taking place at Baldwin Park Sierra Vista High School on Saturday.

Although defending champion Morro Bay is seeded No. 1, the next three teams are all from San Bernardino County: Oak Hills, Bloomington and Kaiser in that order. That means there’s a decent chance a county team will make it to the finals. Only the 9 league champions are guaranteed spots in the 16-team bracket in D6, so with Kaiser seeded fourth, the Cats will take one of those 7 at-large spots, and another will go to Santa Ynez, runner-up in the Los Padres League behind Sierra Vista and seeded fifth for Saturday.

Sunkist League playoff breakdown

After almost having my brain explode while typing the Sierra League breakdown, I can chill a bit on this one, as tonight’s game between Patriot and Summit is the only one that matters.

1. Kaiser (6-3, 4-0): Clinched the No. 1 seed out of the league no matter how it does tomorrow by virtue of its head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over Norte Vista.

2. Norte Vista (8-1, 3-1): Clinched the No. 2 seed out of the league no matter how it does tomorrow, as it loses the tiebreaker to Kaiser and owns the tiebreaker over both Patriot and Summit.

3. Summit (4-5, 2-2): Clinches the No. 3 playoff spot with a win tonight over Patriot. Eliminated with a loss.

4. Patriot (4-5, 2-2): Clinches the No. 3 playoff spot with a win tonight over Summit. Eliminated with a loss.

5. Bloomington (3-6, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff consideration.

6. Jurupa Valley (0-9, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff consideration.